BRENDAN RODGERS would have signed Virgil van Dijk during his time at Liverpool but the club’s scouting system said no.
The Southampton star has impressed since his move from Celtic in 2015.
Van Dijk is reportedly wanted by all the Premier League big boys, with Chelsea, Manchester City and the Reds all keen on the 25-year-old.
And according to former Liverpool boss Rodgers, the Holland international would already be at Anfield if he had his way.
But the club’s scouting network had doubts whether the defender could make the step up to the Premier League.
“It’s about where the player is at, at the time of their ability,” Rodgers told the Evening Times.
“Virgil van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to a Liverpool. Some clubs will want to see the players tested at certain arenas first.
“But if there is enough belief in the player then that counts. The key for scouting is trying to predict when the player is peaking.
“You could see with Van Dijk that he was quick, strong, good on the ball and decent in the air.
“So what more do you need to see? You could see him playing international football and, okay, clubs may want to see him in Champions League.
“Wanyama left and then made the jump but he was a good player at Celtic, showing up well in the Champions League.
“There is maybe an issue with scouts.
“When I was at Liverpool I asked about van Dijk and he was at Groningen and then at Celtic. But I was told he wouldn’t be for us at the time.”